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Snowspelled In Nineteenth Century Angland, Magic Is Reserved For Gentlemen While Ladies Attend To The Practical Business Of Politics But Cassandra Harwood Has Never Followed The RulesFour Months Ago, Cassandra Harwood Was The First Woman Magician In Angland, And She Was Betrothed To The Brilliant, Intense Love Of Her LifeNow Cassandra Is Trapped In A Snowbound House Party Deep In The Elven Dales, Surrounded By Bickering Gentleman Magicians, Manipulative Lady Politicians, Her Own Interfering Family Members, And, Worst Of All, Her Infuriatingly Stubborn Ex Fianc , Who Refuses To Understand That She S Given Him Up For His Own GoodBut The Greatest Danger Of All Lies Outside The Manor In The Falling Snow, Where A Powerful And Malevolent Elf Lord Lurksand Cassandra Lost All Of Her Own Magic Four Months AgoTo Save Herself, Cassandra Will Have To Discover Exactly What Inner Powers She Still Possesses And Risk Everything To Win A New Kind Of HappinessA Witty And Sparkling Romantic Fantasy Novella That Opens A Brand New Series For Adults From The Author Of Kat, Incorrigible, Masks And Shadows And Congress Of SecretsVolume I Of The Harwood Spellbook

  • ebook
  • 168 pages
  • Snowspelled
  • Stephanie Burgis
  • 24 March 2018

About the Author: Stephanie Burgis

I grew up in America, but now I live in Wales with my husband, fellow writer Patrick Samphire, our sons, Mr Darcy and Mr X , and our sweet and extremely vocal tabby cat, Pebbles I write fun, funny MG fantasy novels most recently The Princess who Flew with Dragons and wildly romantic adult historical fantasy novels and novellas most recently Moontangled.To get early sneak peeks at new stories and novels, sign up for my newsletter here stephanieburgis.com newsletter.To read my monthly column about my favorite books and get early copies of every ebook that I put out myself so, all of my novellas, short story ebooks, etc , check out my Patreon page, where I ll also be publishing a series of fantasy rom com short stories across 2020.I only rate and review the books that I like, which is why all of my ratings are 4 or 5 stars.



10 thoughts on “Snowspelled

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    3.5 stars On sale today, Sept 4, 2017 Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature Snowspelled, the first book in the new HARWOOD SPELLBOOK fantasy series by Stephanie Burgis, is a fun, light read, right at the intersection of magical fantasy and Regency romance, with a twist of alternative history We are in Angland, not England, and there s a time honored treaty between humans and elves, with the humans paying a toll to live on elven lands Cassandra Harwood, her brother Jonathan, and s 3.5 stars On sale today, Sept 4, 2017 Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature Snowspelled, the first book in the new HARWOOD SPELLBOOK fantasy series by Stephanie Burgis, is a fun, light read, right at the intersection of magical fantasy and Regency romance, with a twist of alternative history We are in Angland, not England, and there s a time honored treaty between humans and elves, with the humans paying a toll to live on elven lands Cassandra Harwood, her brother Jonathan, and sister in law Amy travel to a week long house party at Cosgrove Manor, deep in elven lands, an area guarded by trolls who allow you to pass only if you have paid the necessary tax and have an official, glowing stamp on your carriage.Cassandra is a brilliant, dedicated magician Though still held back by the gentleman s network of male magicians, she has become the first officially recognized woman magician in the country Or at least she was, until a powerful magical spell she tried to cast four months ago went badly awry Now casting even the simplest spell would kill her.To avoid hampering her former fianc Wrexham, another superb magician, in his career, she cut him loose two months ago but he seems to be reluctant to disappear from her life Which might in fact be a good thing, given that Cassandra has inadvertently run afoul of a malicious elf lord while at the Cosgrove house party, where an unnatural snowstorm has trapped the entire group and upset the local troll population Now Cassandra has one week to figure out which magician at the party has meddled with the weather and caused the unnaturally strong snowstorm, or she ll be in the elf lord s power Can she do it without her magic Snowspelled will appeal to readers who like light Regency inspired fantasies like Sorcery Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot This one s got a littleadult content read a non explicit bedroom scene and some amusing twists on traditional Regency society rules Almost invariably, the magicians are gentleman, while the ladies control politics After dinner, the women all go off to discuss politics while the men remain at the table until they are notified that the ladies are ready for the men to join them These gender based roles are traditional rather than innate, though, and Cassandra and others are trying to soften their rigidity Not every man could do spellwork, of course, even in our elite cohort, just as I couldn t possibly have been the first woman to be born with that natural ability I was only the first to be bold enough, brash enough and most of all lucky enough, in our modern era, to finally break free of the roles we d all been assigned centuries earlier, and win a public space for myself that others might follow.Another interesting twist in this alternative Regency England is that race and sexuality are non issues Rajaram Wrexham is part Maratha this world s India Cassandra s sister in law Amy has dark brown skin, but it s the fact that she s married to a non magician, Cassandra s brother Jonathan, that holds Amy back politically, not the color of her skin Cassandra helps a lesbian couple with some magical questions without blinking an eye There are other strict societal rules, however, that take the place of these, and some traditional ideas like being compromised and obligated to marry if a couple is caught in the act of kissing remain the same.The characters in Snowspelled aren t particularly multifaceted, and the plot is light rather than deep or complex For readers of historical romances, the relationship between Cassandra and Wrexham follows a timeworn path, and the hindrances to the romance are an overfamiliar mix of the self sacrifice trope and the misunderstanding trope, resolved with eyebrow raising speed once the couple finally gets around to really communicating But their yearning looks across the room do allow for some amusing commentary by observers We should sell tickets, my brother told me It s like watching an opera, but far better because there s so much less tuneless shrieking involved No, it s all wordless emoting and high drama with you two and owSnowspelled is a pleasant and quick read, and Cassandra has some intriguing plans for the future at the end of this story I m interested to see where THE HARWOOD SPELLBOOK series goes next I received a free copy of this book from the author for review Thanks

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    This thing keeps happening to me where I have a novella recommended to me in this case, by my fellow blogger, Brigid , I one click it, and then it s just as awesome as it was hyped to be.I m not complaining, I m just saying, one of these times, it s not going to work out and I am going to be so sad that a good thing has come to an end.But it hasn t yet, so rejoice Earlier this year, I read Mating the Huntress by Talia Hibbert, and in my review for that I raved about how much stellar world b This thing keeps happening to me where I have a novella recommended to me in this case, by my fellow blogger, Brigid , I one click it, and then it s just as awesome as it was hyped to be.I m not complaining, I m just saying, one of these times, it s not going to work out and I am going to be so sad that a good thing has come to an end.But it hasn t yet, so rejoice Earlier this year, I read Mating the Huntress by Talia Hibbert, and in my review for that I raved about how much stellar world building and character development and feminism she managed to cram into a novella.Stephanie Burgis did the same damn thing with Snowspelled In her version of Angland, women rule the nation and men are relegated to being spellcasters Oh, and she flips the scripts even further, because men are the ones who have to watch out for their delicate reputations or else risk being ruined by a woman YES QUEEN, OH, GOD, RUIN ALL OF THE STUFFY ENGLISHMEN.Ahem.I ve read a lot of regency romance I write it too , so to see many of the social pitfalls of the time period turned upside down was beyond satisfying for me.One of the things about the genre that bugs the hell out of me is how so many authors who write in it ignore the fact that London was an incredibly diverse place at the time By the close of the 19th century, there were over ONE MILLION people living there and it was the largest city in the world.Stephanie Burgis knows this Snowspelled was packed with diversity At least half of her characters were people of color Also, LESBIANS, YAS With their own romantic subplot that I would pay good money to read an entire book about.Sometimes in novellas authors miss the chance to fully flesh out certain aspects of the story and it can therefore feel rushed Don t worry, that doesn t happen here Burgis packedromance and action into this than the full fledged highly hyped novel I DNFed just before picking this up.Wicked elves, slumbering trolls the size of houses, the risk of a treaty between realms collapsing, and, oh, is that a rakish ex fiance come to help our heroine Yes, please.As I write this, the year is winding to a close and many of my bookish friends are scrambling to complete their end of the year TBR challenges Well, friends, look no further You can read this novella in one sitting, and you ll enjoy the hell out of yourself while you do so.I can t wait to pick up the next Blog FB Twitter IG Pinterest Tumblr YouTube

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    ETA And it s out today as an ebook AND a paperback Hooray This novella was my escape just for fun comfort writing project after the stress of last year s election, and I hope that it ll be a fun, comforting escape for readers as well It s also the first in a brand new series I d describe these novellas as the equivalent of my Kat books but aimed squarely at adults, so frothy, magical, fun and DEEPLY romantic If you liked Courting Magic, you ll definitely like these ETA And you can r ETA And it s out today as an ebook AND a paperback Hooray This novella was my escape just for fun comfort writing project after the stress of last year s election, and I hope that it ll be a fun, comforting escape for readers as well It s also the first in a brand new series I d describe these novellas as the equivalent of my Kat books but aimed squarely at adults, so frothy, magical, fun and DEEPLY romantic If you liked Courting Magic, you ll definitely like these ETA And you can read Chapter One online already another ETA You can now read an excerpt from later in the book a supper party that includes romantic tension, ruthless family teasing, and the worst weather wizard ever at USA Today s Happy Ever After blog can buy the ebook edition AND get the paperback from.com Noble ebook only ebook and paperback paperback only I do NOT know why they re listing it for a higher price than I ve set for the UK edition I m really sorry about that, guys, and I hope it will fix itself SOON But I love and support Waterstones as a bookstore, so I couldn t possibly leave it off this list Kobo ebook only Smashwords ebook only am so happy to finally be able to share this with you guys I love this family and these characters

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    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.My only complaint about SNOWSPELLED is that it is too short Leaving me desperate for the next book in the The Harwood Spellbook series, SNOWSPELLED is an adorable romantic novella with a bit of a mystery It s exactly what I would have expected from the author of KAT, INCORRIGIBLE.SNOWSPELLED starts right in the middle of a conversation between two of the main characters and immediately sucks you in Cassandra is intriguing and her sister in law Amy i Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.My only complaint about SNOWSPELLED is that it is too short Leaving me desperate for the next book in the The Harwood Spellbook series, SNOWSPELLED is an adorable romantic novella with a bit of a mystery It s exactly what I would have expected from the author of KAT, INCORRIGIBLE.SNOWSPELLED starts right in the middle of a conversation between two of the main characters and immediately sucks you in Cassandra is intriguing and her sister in law Amy is stubborn and mischievous Not only are those two delightful to read and learn about, but I love the relationships throughout the novella, shown in short scenes but managing to feel very natural, as if the reader knows the history of the characters.The world building was excellently done, as aspects of the world were explained as they came up Most of the major questions I had were deftly answered, though there are some aspects I am definitely curious about I think that mostly comes from the length of the story, and the fact that it is a novella not everything can be dealt with in this first installment It s definitely a fascinating world, though, with a matriarchal society with magic and elves All in all, I wholeheartedly recommend SNOWSPELLED if you like historical fantasy, romance or are even just looking for something a little different to read I can t wait for THORNBOUND, the next book in the series Sexual content Kissing, implied sex

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    Snowspelled is the first in The Harwood Spellbook Series It was brought to my attention by Heather Jones my go to gall for most things historical as she has excellent taste when she posted her review on Goodreads I love regency and the promise of a lesbian character, so I was on board.Cassandra Harwood, first female magician in Angland that is not a typo has been in a serious funk ever since she lost her magic in a gargantuan mishap of her own doing We will find out through the book what Snowspelled is the first in The Harwood Spellbook Series It was brought to my attention by Heather Jones my go to gall for most things historical as she has excellent taste when she posted her review on Goodreads I love regency and the promise of a lesbian character, so I was on board.Cassandra Harwood, first female magician in Angland that is not a typo has been in a serious funk ever since she lost her magic in a gargantuan mishap of her own doing We will find out through the book what really happenend but for now we follow her and her brother and sister in law to a big Soltice shindig at Cosgrove Manor, deep in the elven territory.We will meet up with all the gentlewomen of the Boudiccate and their dapper magician husbands, including her brilliant ex fianc Rajaram Wrexham so much for banishing him from her mind I liked that in this recency inpired novel race and sexuality are non issues, it just is Women are doing the ruling only females control the politics while the men are doing the magical heavy lifting Cassandra wanted to break the glass ceiling and paid a high prize But maybe she can turn it to something positive, like paving the way for future female magicians If only she hadn t made that promise to a trole.A cozy and very charming historical light read I m looking forward to book 2.m f off screen heavy canoodlingThemes gentleman magicians, lady diplomats, lost magic, still pining for her ex, ice cold elf lords who cannot be trusted, giant trolls, eccentric weather magicians, sabotage, the snow storm of all ages.4 Stars

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    4 stars I really liked it.This is a short and sweet fantasy romance More of a novella actually It barely scratches the surface of plot, character, or setting, but it s so cozy and fun that I found it quite satisfying I ve been reading a lot of things lately that I found dark or depressing, so this was a nice break.Lady diplomats, dapper magicians, and ice cold elf lords abound here, and I love all those things And look at that gorgeous cover Recommended for readers of Sharon Shinn, etc 4 stars I really liked it.This is a short and sweet fantasy romance More of a novella actually It barely scratches the surface of plot, character, or setting, but it s so cozy and fun that I found it quite satisfying I ve been reading a lot of things lately that I found dark or depressing, so this was a nice break.Lady diplomats, dapper magicians, and ice cold elf lords abound here, and I love all those things And look at that gorgeous cover Recommended for readers of Sharon Shinn, etc

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    A tensely romantic adventure in an English manor in the midst of a snowstorm Manners, magic and an irresistible ex fianc a fun and fluffy comfort read to be gulped down in one go I really enjoyed reading this one.

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    Cassandra Harwood fought tooth and nail for the right to be the first woman magician in Angland before her own pride destroyed her ability to do magic forever When she s invited to a local house party along with her ex fianc Rajaram Wrexham , she goes because no own can know her painnnn SPITE SPITE SPITE Enter a promise to a malovalent elf, weird snow, snooping, making out in hallways, and the attempts of a proud woman to find value in herself not tied to the one thing she has always excel Cassandra Harwood fought tooth and nail for the right to be the first woman magician in Angland before her own pride destroyed her ability to do magic forever When she s invited to a local house party along with her ex fianc Rajaram Wrexham , she goes because no own can know her painnnn SPITE SPITE SPITE Enter a promise to a malovalent elf, weird snow, snooping, making out in hallways, and the attempts of a proud woman to find value in herself not tied to the one thing she has always excelled at 1 I definitely enjoyed this although it waslike a gulp of water on a hot day versus the cool soak I was hoping for it s fun but it s so slight and so fast that I barely got my bearings before the thing was done and the happy ever after achieved 2 Tied to this, the world building was pretty disappointing I didn t understand what having women as the politicians was meant to achieve Their world was still governed by societal dictates and the roles assigned to either sex were rigidly enforced Apparently women have the ability to ruin men, which ishumorous, but falls apart when you consider just how much agency men still retain They re magicians, protectors, scholars they aren t exactly trapped Or, if they are, show me that world, damn it 3 Wrexham was interesting, but also simple he is EXTRA TALENTED, TOO and also SUPER DEDICATED TO HIS TRUEST LOVE and it was justnot quite enough I was, however, intrigued by their argument where facets of their assumptions about relationships were put on display I wanted so muchof that sprinkled into their other interactions GIVE ME THEIR STUMBLING BLOCKS 3.5 FORGOT TO ADD HOW ANNOYING THE USE OF my ex fianc AS WREXHAM S PRIMARY IDENTIFIER GOT BECAUSE IT WAS SO ANNOYING.4 As much as I liked Cassandra the broken as a narrator, I was also kind of annoyed with her by the end She is so twisted up in her own angst that she reads as kind of a brat Which makes her a good heroine, but also one that I just didn t root for Excellence is kind of boring, ultimately 5 I did enjoy this, and I complain so ardently because I can see all the things I like and would likebehind all my issues So I m going to give this 3.75 stars and seek out additional books by this author

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    The country of Angland parallels Regency England, but it s a place where magic is real, elves and trolls are an ever present threat, and the country is ruled by the members of the Boudiccate, the long standing council of gentlewomen who are charged with the protection of the realm It s a Regency England where race, sexuality and gender are mostly non issues, although there are some fairly strict gender roles.Regarding strict gender roles, Cassandra Harwood is a magician, the first woman to be t The country of Angland parallels Regency England, but it s a place where magic is real, elves and trolls are an ever present threat, and the country is ruled by the members of the Boudiccate, the long standing council of gentlewomen who are charged with the protection of the realm It s a Regency England where race, sexuality and gender are mostly non issues, although there are some fairly strict gender roles.Regarding strict gender roles, Cassandra Harwood is a magician, the first woman to be trained at the Great Library and one of the best two wizards of her generation The other is her ex fianc , Rajaram Wrexham They broke up at Cassandra s insistence as a result of a horrible accident four months ago that has left Cassandra permanently unable to cast spells and unwilling to saddle her fianc with such a damaged spouse.After spending the time since the accident avoiding him, political events within Angland and manipulation by her sister in law see both Cassandra and Wrexham at the same manor house for a week while the country prepares for an important ceremony marking a peace treaty with the elves And then Cassandra finds herself a pawn in the politics between the two realms.This was fun and works well both as a fantasy story and an alt world regency romance Cassandra and Wrexham s relationship is wonderful and so is Cassandra s struggle to define meaning in her life after losing what has been the primary driver of it so far The supporting cast is also well portrayed with believable motivations and actions Recommended

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    Snowspelled is a novella set in 19th Century Angland, a kind of alternate history of our own world but with added fae and magic Also this is very much a matriarchal society so if you ve been looking for a feminist historical romance this will hit the spot perfectly It was a truth universally acknowledged that women were thepragmatic sex that was why we were expected to run the government, while the men attended to themystical and imaginative realm of magic.In this world the women a Snowspelled is a novella set in 19th Century Angland, a kind of alternate history of our own world but with added fae and magic Also this is very much a matriarchal society so if you ve been looking for a feminist historical romance this will hit the spot perfectly It was a truth universally acknowledged that women were thepragmatic sex that was why we were expected to run the government, while the men attended to themystical and imaginative realm of magic.In this world the women are the politicians, they make the rules and govern society while the men engage infrivolous pursuits like magic Cassandra Harwood s mother was a respected politician and Cassandra was expected to follow in her footsteps but she was alwaysinterested in magic It took hard work but she finally achieved her lifetime dream of becoming the world s first female magician, she had everything she wanted in her career and was engaged to the love of her life, fellow magician Wrexham, but when a spell went horribly wrong her world came crashing down around her Now unable to use magic Cassandra has lost her purpose in life and she broke off her engagement because she didn t want to bring Wrexham down with her.Several months later Cassandra finds herself trapped at a house party and completely out of her comfort zone surrounded by lady politicians, who should be her peers but aren t, and male magicians, who used to be her colleagues To make matters worse Wrexham is stubbornly following her around trying to convince her to change her mind about their relationship and she also seems to have caused a bit of bother with the local elves that could cause a political nightmare.Snowspelled was an utterly charming story by Stephanie Burgis, the world building was fabulous, full of diverse characters and feminist themes, the characters were fun to spend time with, there was a good amount of action and the romance was incredibly sweet I was amazed how much the author managed to pack into a relatively small number of pages and I m already looking forward to continuing the series

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